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History of Art

History of Art

This course is intended as an introduction to the development of Western art through social and technological changes.

Areas of study will include:

  • Perspective and picture and pictorial space
  • A brief guide to pre and post-Renaissance
  • Impressionism
  • Cubism
  • The development of non-representational art.
  • Abstract Expressionism and Colourfield Painting
  • Op and Pop Art.

Skills and techniques

  • The ability to analyse a work of art using specialist terminology
  • The ability to make critical judgement
  • To express themselves coherently both verbally and on paper
  • The ability and confidence to express and communicate knowledge and understanding.

Knowledge and Understanding

  • The foundations and knowledge and understanding of art historical movements
  • Practitioners and their works
  • Considering of the way that changes occur in terms of chronology and other frameworks.
  • Awareness of art historical terms, concepts and issues
  • Knowledge and understanding of the significance of techniques and materials in the creation of artefacts
  • Understanding of the principal methods of analysis and interpretation
  • Understanding of the relationship between society and art within historical and other frameworks


Coursework essays and a written 1.5 hour exam.